PA6007 - Independent Drama Project

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What will I learn on this module?

You will devise and develop your own independent research project on a topic of your choosing. You will conduct an in depth examination of an aspect of drama, theatre, or performance. Your research project will be supported by staff expertise and dedicated staff supervision. You will develop skills in negotiation, project management, research, planning, organisation, and argument. You may present the outcome of your research project as a written dissertation of 10,000 words, or as an equivalent portfolio of work (a combination of practical work and written work) that includes evidence of practice-based work. This is your opportunity to set your own syllabus, to design your dream research project, and to immerse yourself in a sustained critical study of your choosing.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through independent study. The object of your study, the research methodologies, practices and approaches are of your choosing. You will be guided and supported by a dedicated expert in your field – your supervisor. You will devise and implement your own research project plan. Your research plan will enable you to develop a course of study that is tailored to your interests, learning style, and preferred working style and assessment mode. Your supervisor will support this process. You will consult with your supervisor prior to implementing your learning plan. Your learning plan will be drafted through your negotiations with your supervisor.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support will be provided through one-to-one tutorials, particularly in relation to assessment. Clear guidelines for these assessments will be available on the eLearning Portal and will be explained in class, with practice sessions to embed the skills and approaches you will need for success. Further support will be available through the extensive use of the eLearning Portal, to include module information and teaching materials, and individual tutorials will be available to address specific issues and ensure appropriate progress.


Written assessment feedback will be provided within 20 working days of summative assignment submission. Access to library facilities is available 24-7 all year round.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Produce a body of work that successfully and appropriately interrogates a thesis related to drama, theatre or performance
2. Make use of appropriate methodologies and practices to support the dissemination of your research findings


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3 Be able to develop and implement an academically sound and robust research plan
4 The ability to synthesise complex and detailed material in order to evidence knowledge and understanding



Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5 You will develop and reinforce the ethical characteristics of a Northumbria graduate as you consider the values that underpin work undertaken in drama, theatre or performance and reflect on how they inform your independent study project

How will I be assessed?

Formative
Research Plan (1000 words): You will produce a detailed plan for your research project. It will outline your research question, your thesis, and a schedule outlining how you will realise your project. Your supervisor will provide detailed feedback through tutorials and in writing. (2, 3 4, 5)


Summative
Research Project Findings (10,000 words) You will present a written dissertation which interrogates your research thesis. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

OR

Practice (20 minutes) & Portfolio (5,000 words) You will present a selection of your practice. The section you choose to present will demonstrate a key component of your research thesis. Additionally, you will produce a research portfolio that interrogates the relationship between your thesis and your practice (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Summative Feedback
Feedback or these tasks will be written on standard feedback sheets and will be received within 20 working days of submission deadline.

Pre-requisite(s)

PA5011

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Independent Drama Project will enable you to devise and develop your own independent research project. This is your opportunity to set your own syllabus, to design your dream research project, and to immerse yourself in a sustained critical study of your choosing.
You will conduct an in depth examination of an aspect of drama, theatre, or performance. Your research project will be supported by staff expertise and detailed and dedicated staff supervision. You will develop skills in negotiation, project management, research, planning, organisation, and argument. You may present the outcome of your research project as a written dissertation of 10,000 words, or as an equivalent portfolio of work (a combination of practical work and written work) that includes evidence of practice-based work.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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